What Is Literary Language?

Some words are found mainly in literature and poetry that is written in a grand or elevated style. Today, you also find this type of language used in the media, where it tends to be used to create a dramatic effect. Here are some examples of literary vocabulary:

Standard English
Literary
kill
slay
enemy
foe
apart
asunder
beautiful
beauteous
die
perish


It's best to avoid this type of language in everyday contexts. It can sound self-conscious or pretentious and it's likely to distract a reader or listener from what you trying to say.


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